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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
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It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
While I haven't quite successfully fallen head-over-heels in love with any of Nicolas Roeg's individual films yet, the one thing that I have consistently loved is that he has a very creative sense of style. His unique photography and editing manage to oscillate between serenely beautiful and roughly jarring, a technical range not many filmmakers are capable of. He also consistently succeeds in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic medium, contrasting images and forcing us to draw our own conclusions from them.
This continues in Walkabout. Roeg crosscuts between the death of a kangaroo in the wild and a butcher chopping meat in his shop. He layers images on top of each other as if in a dissolve, but instead…
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Walkabout is a fantastic coming-of-age film that pits western repression against primitive freedom. Roeg's film follows a teenage girl and her young brother as they travel through the Australian outback. The two children maintain their school uniforms and attempt to act civilized despite their current situation; the sister continuously scolds her brother about getting his coat dirty. Roeg opens the film by contrasting scenes of modern society, which are busy and mechanical, with scenes of the natural beauty of the outback. A marvellous shot tracks across a brick wall and ends looking out into a vast and beautiful landscape. Roeg makes it obvious that the core argument in his film is nature versus civilization.…
A teenage girl and her younger brother are driven out into the middle of the Australian outback by their father, under the presumption of having a picnic, when suddenly he goes mad and tries to kill them before setting the car on fire and killing himself. The two are then left to wander hopelessly through the wilderness, forced to live off the land. And so goes Nicolas Roeg's highly regarded Walkabout, a film which opens with a title card explaining the so-named Aboriginal rite of passage, where a male member of the tribe is sent off at a certain age to do just that very thing.
Walkabout is a very binary film, obvious in its civilization/nature dichotomy to the point…
Director: Nicolas Roeg (Fourth Film)
A well-shot film about two siblings; and older sister and a younger brother as they venture - forced to so by circumstance - through the Australian outback. I say venture, but it's more trudge and struggle as they quickly descend into desperation. That is until they meet a young aboriginal boy on his "Walkabout" - a rite of passage undertaken by Aborigines during their adolescence years.
The film is wonderfully shot, with director Nicolas Roeg utilising frequently startling images and juxtaposition. Imagery-wise, Roeg is working wonders in this film with focus on transitions and fluidity and well, generally the odd shot of nature - in both its forms, nasty and nice.
I spotted at least two Aussie actors from Crocodile Dundee. Also, pretty much a masterpiece.
A truly awe inspiring film about a pair of kids who are forced to travel the outback. I love the environment of this film, and the sheer outstanding nature of the visuals. A great film that says a lot about the joys and hardships of isolation.
Amid a rather typical "suburban kids get stranded in the wild" set-up is a beautifully shot, fabulously scripted tale.
Jenny Agutter really sparkles in her role of the Girl. But what really pushes boundaries in this film is the exciting, creative visuals utilized by director Nicolas Roeg. Lucien John (as Luc Roeg is credited here) makes a great white boy. His lines are classic; they feel like random questions which only make sense within the context of a boy of his age, and like many kids his age he displays an uncanny ability to discern the bullcrap his sister spouts (well-intentioned, but false none the less).
Despite an annoying child, this is a great drama powered by Agutter's central performance. Several scenes (the car, the tree) still have the ability to shock even after all these years.
Completely mercurial, in that there are pockets of complete brilliance - the first ten-or-so minutes being the best sequence by far - and others of complete drudgery. Partially by design, of course (a long walk through the desert isn't a barrel of laughs by any means), but it doesn't help that most of the performances are a bit flat and the photography could use a bit more zing. Those first ten minutes, though: wowza!
Directed by Nicolas Roeg this film based on the novel of the same name stars Jenny Agutter, David Gulpill and Luc Roeg. A teenage school girl and her younger brother from England become lost in the Australian outback.
This film is a classic tale of the clash between Aboriginal Australia living with nature and modern the urban preconceptions of white settler Australia. There are a number of changes between the source material and the plot of this film but it appears to keep the themes largely intact. You really get the sense of culture clash between the English children and the Aboriginal youth that helps them as well as there being a strong sexual under current in the film. There are some good performance and the editing which harks back to Soviet Montage really helps emphasise the themes of the film.
I haven't seen any other Roeg yet and I've been really excited to start for a while but this is utter shite. It's a racist, leering postcard from some Englishman deigning to shoot a film in the colonies. For those remarking on how visually striking it is, watch Wake In Fright, Fell, Last Ride, anything, this is just not very good.
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